Chris J Powell

The iWatch – Why?

The iWatch – Why?

Ok, I get the importance of “wearables” but the look and feel of the iWatch is not something that I can really get behind.  That might have something to do with the fact that I would never have an iPhone, in fact I would not purchase anything from Apple with my own money (the iPad that I had was a prize from work a few years ago and is not in the possession of my wonderful daughter). Looking at the iWatch, it is slick and has lots of options, but as a wearer of watches (I never leave home without one on my wrist), I just don’t get the need for a square face…they are just but ugly.  Sure you give up some screen real estate when you go with a circle but who can really compare the look and feel of a Moto360 with the clunkiness of the iWatch: I looked through the thorough comparison of the two watches over at Tech Radar and for my money and “style” the Moto360 is by far a superior purchase, even if the … Read more

WebApp Wednesday – Social Ease

I have had my ups and downs and backwards turns when it comes to using Social Media.  When working in Sales it was a daily go to, building and strengthening the connections and keeping alerted the the wants and needs of my customers and prospective customers.  The most important thing that I learned from 3 1/2 years of leveraging Social Media in a professional manner is speak with one voice…switching from Personal Krispy to Work Krispy and back and forth…well that doesn’t work.  Be WHO you are and the that will come out in all of your social posts. That being said though, now that I am not in Sales and in fact I am searching the open job market for anything to do, I find myself reaching back to Social Media and realizing that I really need to reconnect and rebuild the relationships as well as foster new ones if I am to make a real go at building a brighter tomorrow for myself and my family. Upon diving back into the world of Social Media Monitoring I took … Read more

Preparing for a Fresh Start

Preparing for a Fresh Start

As I sit here this morning, enjoying another cup of coffee and reflect back on what I have done with my life in the past 42 years I really don’t have many regrets, although the ones that I do have are pretty big.  My life path has changed a few times over those years but I am, for the most part happy with where I sit today. Later this morning I head off on an interview.  I don’t know much about the company or its product and I know that the job itself will be relatively hum drum but considering the health issues that I have been battling with, right now a pay check is what I need, not a life changing career that will have be being an international globe trotting superstar. In the past, I have worked really hard to be the best in what ever profession I was in that itself has caused me a lot of stress and had me setting expectations upon myself that were not only difficult to live up to, but also set … Read more

OS Sunday – A Tribute to the "Hoosier" in All of Us

OS Sunday – A Tribute to the "Hoosier" in All of Us

After nearly 3 years of doing a weekly post on the amazing diversity of the Linux OS and its many derivatives I wonder how I still keep stumbling across new and always interesting versions of the the Operating System kernel that got its start way back in 1991.  This week though I take a bit of a turn away from the Pure Linux experience and visit a fork of one of my all time favorite OSes…OpenSolaris. Released just a few days ago, this newly minted OS has a lot of updates and although the main page for OpenIndiana does not sport the existence of this OS yet, the considerable efforts to build a solid Wiki for the previous iteration of the OS will hopefully remain relevant to my installation and the subsequent evaluation of the OS. It has been some time since I visited the world of anything related to OpenSolaris.  I remember during my initial foray into the world of OpenSource I was a true download hound and would spend hours, downloading, installing, testing and then starting over until … Read more

Cutting the Cord

Cutting the Cord

So for me, cutting the cord from the Cable Companies was never a hard thing.  I am tech saavy and have been leveraging the world of alternative sources for my own entertainment needs for years but about 3 months ago I grabbed a little Android Box and it was plugged in and working…but really only used when I accidentally downloaded an MKV version of a video for in my library. The Pivos Technology Group Xios DS is a nice, affordable little Android Box that runs Android 4.0, has an ARM 9 Processor, 4 GB of internal Storage with 3 USB Ports, a microSD card slot, HDMI (with full 1080p output), wireless (B,G,N) and Ethernet connectivity.  All this in a frame that is less than 4 ” square and just over 0.5″ tall. In my opening paragraph I had said that I had just let it sit and did not really use it all that much.  This was not because it is not functional, it just got overshadowed by the fact that the PS3 was able to stream 99% of all … Read more

Data Visualization – Seeing the Bits for the Bytes they Provide

Data Visualization – Seeing the Bits for the Bytes they Provide

One of my favorite pass times is to surf the grand expanse of the Interwebz for new and exciting things in the world of technology and one of my favorite sites to start that search is over at betalist.com where they showcase the amazing world of Start Up companies from around the globe.  Today, in my quest for something “new” and “exciting” I narrowed my search to Canadian Companies and stumbled across a very interesting new service that applies the ability to physically see the connections and apply some insights into the Bits and Bytes that we all generate every day. Regardless of being a Business, a Brand or an Individual one of the most difficult things to do with all the many Social Media channels that we operate in is to have a real understanding of what the measure and influence is of the things that we do.  Social Media is the great and grand equalizer and regardless of if you are a small Local Business, Global Brand or a dude like me just looking to make a buck…understanding … Read more

Infographic of the Week – The World Needs Data Scientists

Infographic of the Week – The World Needs Data Scientists

The world is filled with lots of Data.  Everything from your wants, desires and purchasing habits, to the co-relation of socioeconomic needs for the cities we live in…but there is a shortage of people who can look past the bits and bytes and see the Data for what it is…a gold mine of information.  What is even rarer, is the ability to turn that raw data into a usable and functional plan that can be used by businesses, governments and even consumers like you and I. This week’s Infographic is brought to you by Itellipaat, a company that provides Hadoop training.

WebApp Wednesday – Markdown

WebApp Wednesday – Markdown

During my evaluation of Content Management Solutions for the relaunch of this site I looked at a lot of Flat File CMS’s that not only supported the Markdown Language but were built directly around it.  Despite returning to the site’s roots as a WordPress based website, I fell in love with the idea of being able to not only write the posts and pages in a language that was easy to understand where the code was coming from, but would also enable me to port the information over to PDF in real time without loosing any formatting or needing to rebuild things with the wonderful world of Copy & Paste. I live and breath with the Chrome Browser and as nice as it is to be able to leverage a native application, I found myself needing the option to be able to move from my Desktop, to my Chromebook to my Tablet and to my phone with a single application that I could save my .md files directly to my Google Drive that is enabled across all of the devices…and … Read more

Keeping Passwords Safe, Secure and Memorable

The digital reset that I recently went through had me logging into many sites that I had not been to in quite some time.  The number of Password Resets that I had to do was not only alarming, it was down right scary.  In this era of cloud security breaches and the use of “password and 123456” as the most common passwords out there it is no wonder that IT Leaders everywhere cringe a little bit when they think about the end user and how to build a better mouse trap. I was surprised to learn that my own bank has a limit of only 6 characters that is right no more, no less and no special characters allowed when logging into my banking system…that goes well outside my own naming convention that has 12 to 14 characters with Special Characters like $ and & interspersed in the key phrase that I typically use to log on to the services that keep my online life going. So if as end users, we are the collective weak point in the security … Read more

Depression and Anxiety Mixed with Pain

Depression and Anxiety Mixed with Pain

It has been a rough ride for me for the past several months.  From a 4 month head ache, to an abscessed tooth to a flare up of my Psoriasis I have been left with an immutable amount of confusion and frustration over the current state of my life.  All of this combined with a job that saw me making less and less despite doing and accomplishing more and more, the rabbit hole that is my Anxiety came full force and drove me deep into the underground that I sometimes find myself in. It was my personal battle with Anxiety that has had me in and out of jobs and unfortunately there does not seem to be a real solution to “getting better”, and when you mix in the amount of real pain that I am in EVERY DAY it leaves me wondering what good am I doing for anyone. Then I take a step back and realize that I am not the only one going through these challenges, and I am definitely not the worst off out there, but … Read more

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